Are you kidding me? Proton X50 bookings open?

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Published on July 7th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Are you kidding me? Proton X50 bookings open?

Proton X50 being advertised by dealers even before its is confirmed

Geely ‘might’ launch a right hand drive version of their recently launched Geely Bin Yue Crossover as a Proton in Malaysia and it will probably be named the Proton X50. But Malaysian Proton dealers….well just some of them are already advertising the Proton X50 and its booking fee to beat the possible waiting list when it is announced. There is no way that your booking fee can be entered into the Proton sales/booking system as the name, ‘Proton X50’ is yet to be confirmed and the launch date is not announced.

This Proton X50/Bin Yue sits on Geely’s new BMA architecture, measuring 4330×1800×1609mm, with a wheelbase of 2600mm. Geely engineers claims an impressive 68.7% wheelbase utilisation rate for the cabin, which should make for a compact, yet spacious proposition.

The drivetrain used is a 1.5L direct injection turbo petrol engine, co-developed with Volvo, which is good for 130kW and 255Nm. Geely claims a 0-100km/h time in 7.9 seconds which is not too bad for a compact crossover. A 7-speed wet dual-clutch transmission is paired with the 1.5L turbo, which work together to deliver a combined city/highway fuel consumption rating of just 6.1L per 100km.


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